August 31, 1959 – December 23, 2012
Sharon Joan Kurns, 53, loving mother, wife, and friend, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center after a courageous fight with kidney cancer.
She is the proud mother of son Daniel, and daughter Anna. She was married on December 26, 1981, to beloved husband David.
Sharon was born on August 31, 1959, to Gerald and Dorothy (Patten) Kipp, in Burlington, Iowa. They preceded her in death. With five beloved siblings, Susan (Pat) Donnellan, David (Jackie) Kipp, Laurie (Ron) Amodio, Steve (Darla) Kipp, and Joseph Kipp. Her memory will be an ever loving impact on all she considered family.
Sharon earned the love and respect from so very many friends. Sharon’s fierce loyalty and friendship will always be remembered.
She was a longtime and passionate employee of Heartland Area Education Agency, Area 11, serving as regional director and in leadership roles in professional development. She served many schools and educators across central Iowa. She was admired for her steadfast dedication to excellence and a caring attitude for those she worked with. She loved her work, and she loved her colleagues.
The family would like to thank the dedicated nursing staff at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and especially all the amazing caretakers of the Oncology department.
The family will welcome friends and visitors from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Ave., Des Moines.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, followed by a burial at Lincoln Cemetery Cemetery Rural Johnston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family, after which the family will make a contribution in memory of Sharon.
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